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Donburi Restaurant Review – Out with Markham Food

February 4, 2016 by

The word “donburi” means a rice bowl consisting of meat, vegetables, and other ingredients cooked together and served over rice. Of course, this dish is extremely popular at the Donburi restaurant in Thornhill. Donburi is one of the few Japanese restaurants that don’t serve sushi. This opens up our options whenever we’re craving Japanese food that’s not sushi-related. We’ve tasted many things from their menu and nothing disappointed us. If you plan on going as a group, we recommend ordering multiple side dishes and entrées to for sharing.

Spicy gyu fries - DonburiSpicy Gyu Fries

When we visited, this was one of the newer items on Donburi’s menu. The fries had just the right amount of everything in it – spiciness, crispiness, and softness. We finished this quickly and were craving for more.

Beef tataki - DonburiJ1 – Beef Tataki ($9)

This lightly seared and marinated beef was surprisingly very flavourful, especially after dipping it in the citrus-soy sauce. We recommend eating it with a piece of the red onion to get the full effect of this appetizer. We’ve ordered the beef tataki a few times already and still aren’t sick of it.

Beef with ponzu sauce - DonburiS7 – Beef with ponzu sauce ($2.50)
Beef sirloin steak with ponzu sauce and grated daikon radish.

We’ll be honest – this skewer was small for two people, so we barely remember how it was. If you’ve ever tried it, let us know how you like it in the comments below!

Takoyaki - DonburiJ7 – Takoyaki ($5)
A delicious ball shape snack with diced octopus hidden inside.

Takoyaki are one of our favourite Japanese snacks. These octopus balls were perfectly warm, soft, and full of flavour.

Chicken omurice - DonburiD10 – Chicken Omurice ($8)
Chicken fried rice in a tomato base wrapped in a thin egg omelette.

This is personally one of our favourite entrées at Donburi. It might look small in the photo, but trust us…there is a LOT of rice packed in there. This is good enough for two or more people if you’re sharing multiple dishes.

Umami Don - DonburiD15 – Umami Don ($10)
An indescribable flavour bomb that will explode in your mouth.

The Umami Don includes unagi (eel), spicy mayo, cucumbers, dashi stock, and of course, rice. The description on their website was right. This was an explosion of flavour! We love the mix of ingredients as there was a unique taste and texture with every bite.

Calpis Fusion Drink - DonburiCalpis Fusion – A mix of mango Calpico and aloe.

Of course, we needed a drink to go with our meal so we each had the Calpis Fusion. This refreshing beverage is only available for a limited time (we don’t know how long) and is perfect if you’re looking for something sweet and cool to go with your meal.

Address: 505 Highway 7 #93, Thornhill, ON L3T 7T1
Phone Number: (905) 597-6505
Tip: Donburi is located at Commerce Gate, so there is plenty of parking.

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Wooffles and Cream Review

December 11, 2015 by

Opening in July 2015, Wooffles & Cream is the newest addition to the food court situated in New Kennedy Square in Markham. In contrast to the surrounding vendors offering Asian comfort food, customers can expect to find a range of sweet and savoury Hong Kong style egg waffles, soft serve ice cream, parfaits, and craft sodas. The creative minds behind Wooffles & Cream are Mabel Yeung and Ka Yan Woo, who combined their favourite treats – ice cream and Hong Kong style waffles – to develop their innovative menu.

Our dining experience started with a Matchazuki parfait cup while waiting for the waffles to be made. This scrumptious dessert was carefully crafted with matcha green tea soft serve, red bean paste, cornflakes, and glutinous rice balls. The matcha soft serve was incredibly smooth with a subtle green tea flavour that complemented the sweet toppings perfectly.

Wooffles & Cream Egg Waffles and Parfait

After careful deliberation, we opted for the Black ‘N’ White Sesame waffle with a matcha soft serve swirl and the specialty Lap Cheong ‘N’ Seaweed waffle. The waffles are made fresh to order with crispy edges and a fluffy interior. The sesame waffle maintained its texture quite well against the ice cream due to a careful in-house tempering process. The lap cheong waffle was very tasty on its own with finely chopped pieces of Chinese sausage and shredded seaweed in every bite. This sweet and savoury combination is highly recommended if you’re looking for a unique treat.

Wooffles & Cream Parfait

Wooffles & Cream Egg Waffles

Tips

Be warned of potentially long wait times that can range between 10 to 40 minutes, especially during peak dining hours. If you’re in a hurry, it is recommended to get an idea of the wait time from a staff member before lining up. Nevertheless, onlookers can definitely see the effort and care that goes into each order.

The owners use locally sourced ingredients so you can always expect new concoctions in the works. For all of you green tea enthusiasts, keep an eye out for upcoming creations that feature an even more pronounced tea flavour!

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The Travelling Foodie’s 5 Top Dishes in Richmond Hill & Markham

November 10, 2015 by

The York Region is home to many amazing dishes! When the Markham Food team asked me to write an article featuring my favourite dishes in Richmond Hill & Markham, I happily agreed.

Here are my five top dishes in Markham and Richmond Hill to get your appetite going:

Smash Benedict at Smash KitchenSmash Benedict at Smash Kitchen (Unionville, Markham)
2 poached eggs, pulled pork, gravy, 4 cheese blend, English muffin, sm’hash browns

The brunch of champions! The combination of the ingredients was perfect.

Popcorn Chicken at Mama Bear Taiwanese CuisinePopcorn Chicken at Mama Bear Taiwanese Cuisine (Richmond Hill)

Mama Bear is one of my favourite places for popcorn chicken. Crispy, juicy and tender. It wasn’t salty and it has distinct taste of herbs that differentiate it from other popcorn chicken I’ve tried.

Honey Garlic Oysters at Fishman Wharf SeafoodHoney Garlic Oysters at Fishman Wharf Seafood (Markham)

Huge oysters in honey garlic! A friend said to go with the Salted Egg Yolk version for next time.

Green Tea Wizard (Green Tea Snow Ice) at Cha Me. ChaGreen Tea Wizard (Green Tea Snow Ice) at Cha Me. Cha (Unionville, Markham)
With Grass Jelly, Red Bean, Tapioca, Condensed Milk

Green tea lovers will rejoice with this popular shaved ice dessert at Cha Me. Cha.

Deep Fried King Oyster Mushroom – ZenQDeep Fried King Oyster MushroomZenQ (Unionville, Markham)

Best fried mushroom I’ve had. Mushroom is juicy and tasty, and not overly salty nor oily.

I hope this post inspired you to try some of my favourite dishes in Markham and Richmond Hill! Let me know if you have any questions.

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Dessert Drinks Local Events Out with Markham Food Reviews Snack

Night It Up Review 2015 – Out with Markham Food

September 13, 2015 by

Our team was invited to Night It Up‘s media tasting on July 25 where we sampled some dishes from a handful of food vendors. Night It Up (NIU) is known to sell snack foods, but boy, we were well fed! By the end of the tasting, we were stuffed with two full-sized bubble teas and a lot of food.

The people behind Night It Up, Power Unit Youth Organization, organizes this annual three-day event to raise money for charity. Last year, they raised $10,000 for UNITY and this year, their beneficiary was the Yellow Brick House. We love that NIU not only gives back to the community, but it brings people together. People from all over the Greater Toronto Area drop by this event every year to join in the fun and eat authentic Asian street food.

In case you missed our coverage on Instagram, below are some photos we took along with mini reviews.

Egg waffle with green tea ice cream and fresh fruits - Night It Up!Egg waffle with green tea ice cream and fresh fruits at Sweety Bird ($6)

We prefer our egg waffles to be light and crispy, but thought this was a bit too thick. This dessert is extremely photogenic though, as it received the most comments and likes of the night!

Crispy taro and potato chips - Night It UpCrispy taro and potato chips at Happy Twist

Watching the vendors create this was really fun. They stick a whole potato into the machine and these chips spin out in one long piece. They spread out some toppings (BBQ, spicy, garlic powder, etc.) on their table for customers to use, but we thought they tasted pretty good plain.

Grass jelly roasted milk tea and wintermelon iced tea - ChatimeGrass jelly roasted milk tea and wintermelon iced tea (both with grass jelly) at Chatime

What can we say? These drinks were greatly appreciated on a smoldering hot day, especially at an event where there is a stove or BBQ every few metres.

Sakura Mochi Milk - Sakura mochi, Sakura milk, leaf powder, & aduki red beanSakura Mochi Milk – Sakura mochi, Sakura milk, leaf powder, & aduki red bean at Kakigori ($8)

We only took a photo of this because it was such a beauty, but it sure looks and sounds delicious!

Deep fried kimchi - MeNu Food TruckDeep fried kimchi at MeNu Food Truck ($5)

This is an awesome concept. We love kimchi and who doesn’t like deep-fried-anything?? We admit – this was a little hard to eat because every bite made the kimchi fall apart, but hey… it was good. ; )

Sharetea Bubble Tea - Night It UpL – Fresh lemon green tea with mixed pearls and aiyu jelly
R- Classic milk tea with mixed pearls and herb jelly at Sharetea ($5)

After downing that first bubble tea, this second one was much appreciated as we were all thirsty from over an hour of snacking on different foods. These cups were huge and very worth the $5 that they charged at NIU.

Green tea ice cream cookie sandwich at Sweets and SavouryGreen tea ice cream cookie sandwich at Sweets and Savoury

This food stand was run by food bloggers Feed My Phone and qqfoodjournal. The cookies were baked using Master Chef Canada candidate, Christopher Siu‘s recipe. Our food tour ended well with this dessert. The flavours weren’t too strong so they didn’t overpower each other and the cookies were soft and chewy.

If you missed Night It Up! this year, stay updated by following them on their social media pages! This event takes place annually in July and only lasts three days, so be sure to mark your calendars. Make sure you go on an empty stomach because they have a LOT of food vendors. We look forward to seeing you there next year!

Address: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Tip: They don’t offer parking to event goers, but you can find free street parking if you’re early. Otherwise, paid parking is available on some side streets.

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